Stogie Geeks #345

Date: October 23, 2020

Show Overview:

This week, Drew and Joe interview Pat, Founder of Pardo Cigar! Pardo Cigar was founded in 2019 and brings high quality and affordable cigar accessories to fellow cigar enthusiasts!

Interview: Pat | Founder of Pardo Cigar

Pat was having difficulty finding the balance between price and quality for cigar accessories. There were low-end cigar accessories to toss in your golf bag and high-end expensive cigar accessories, that were more like showpieces. He was on the hunt for affordability without sacrificing quality, and he had a feeling he was not alone. This led him to create Pardo Cigar.
The mission – to create the most enjoyable cigar experience for the fellow Cigar community, because as we know it’s a lifestyle, and it all starts with a cut and a light.
Visit them at: Pardo Cigar


Joe Hozempa | Host of Stogie Geeks

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Everyone knows Joe Hozempa. The “Italian Stallion” of the Rhode Island cigar culture. Joe isn’t afraid to give a cigar an average review. He knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to say it.


Andrew “The Band Man” Galvan | Co-Host

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Andrew Galvan works in the Insurance Industry (Property Loss Adjuster). Andrew’s love for the cigar has been cultivated over the years and he made a goal to learn about the cigar business from seed to consumer. Thus, he has endeavored into the cigar business with Prestige Cigar and Tobacco in Bedford Texas aside his dual career.

“The Band Man”- Every time I smoke a cigar, I have a ritual. Going in I look at the cigar, the construction, color, smell the foot, taste the cap, I gently caress it in my fingers. Then I cut it, most time it will be a Deep ‘V’. I then look at the band, I read it, I study the artwork and fonts of any symbols or numbers, I imagine the person rolling this cigar and then putting the finishing touch of the band… I collect the bands and keep them as gifts of appreciation from the Tobacco growers, and procurers of said cigar. I become one with this cigar, I toast it, I wait patiently for the filler, binder, wrapper to ignite, the first hint of aromas fly through the air like an Aaron Judge Home Run…. Beautiful.
“Impeccable customer relations yields the greatest customer experience”-AG

Nelson DeMelo | Co-Host

Digital Banking , family guy with a love of the leaf. Covid quarantine has kicked up the Stogie Geek in me during 2020. I’ve been enjoying the “beyond the smoke” stories with each cigar, the industry and fellow Stogie Geeks.

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